India issues RFI for seven SIGINT aircraft

India has issued a request for information (RFI) for seven signals intelligence (SIGINT) and communications jamming (COMJAM) aircraft. LiveFist reported on Wednesday.

Out of the seven aircraft, two will be in SIGINT configuration and will be acquired for the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), India’s technical intelligence agency while five will be in SIGINT & COMJAM configuration and will be acquired for the country’s Air Force.

According to the report, the request for proposal (RFP) is due before the middle of 2018 and deliveries are to commence 24 months after the contract is signed. This marks the revival of a 2012 effort to obtain nine special mission aircraft.

The RFI published details the requirement as follows:

  • Each aircraft must have seven workstations, in addition to minimum seating capacity for at least ten passengers and space for four crew-rest bunks.
    Five aircraft should be suitably integrated by the OEM and certified for the SIGINT and COMJAM roles. Two aircraft should be certified to perform the SIGINT role.
  • The aircraft must be able to operate from airfields as high as 3300m (10,800 feet) above sea level in both roles, and while carrying a minimum of 50 percent fuel load.
  • The basic platform for all the seven aircraft is to be the same platform and is to comply with FAA/JAAR or equivalent standards.
  • The airborne SIGINT system should have a range of more than 400km range with 360-degree azimuth coverage.
  • The installation, integration and certification of all equipment are the responsibility of vendor.
  • The aircraft must include a countermeasures dispensing system, radar warning receiver (RWR), missile approach warning system (MAWS) and directed infrared counter measures (DIRCM).

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